“I slept on the floor last night,”
“It was awesome. I’m excited, man. I’m elated just to get back out there with the guys and have an opportunity to play with an organization like this and play with the guys that I play with.”
That absence didn’t preclude the Giants from selecting the big and talented defensive tackle on the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. But in the Giants’ second preseason game, on Aug. 22 vs.
If the Giants were to issue an award for most enthusiastic player in training camp at the University at
Asked how it felt to don shoulder pads today, he said, “It feels so good. It feels tremendously good.
“I just wanted to get out there and show that I’m ready and show that I’ve been working. The whole time I’ve been off I haven’t been sitting around lollygagging. I’ve been working and getting prepared for this opportunity.”
“I try to hit people and not get hit,” he said. “I try my best to go out there and deliver the blow. I feel a lot of things coming back to me – recognition, noticing certain things. I’m working on just converting and being quicker with my game. I think I’m playing pretty strong. I’m playing small ball, as (defensive line) coach (Robert) Nunn would say. The little things will count.
“We have veterans like Rocky Bernard, Shaun Rogers, Chris Canty. All those guys are watching you and they say, ‘In due time, everything will come. Work hard on your technique and everything in practice. And try to be as perfect as you possibly can in practice and in the game. It will come naturally.’ That’s all I’ve been working on, just trying to do the right things.”
“It’s crazy,” he said. “I was watching film before we went to practice. Something just came over me and I was just excited like, ‘Damn, I’m back.’ It’s just exciting to get out there with Pro Bowl-caliber players. Watching (Justin) Tuck. Watching Osi (Umenyiora), JPP (